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Let's change the way we view refugees


When we hear stories about refugees in the news media, we often hear only the statistic and fail to see the individuals behind the label “refugee”. This can lead to fear and misunderstanding. As a consequence, refugees often face stigma, are socially isolated and unable to integrate, and face unemployment, poverty and unsafe housing.

Let's break down the stigma

By sharing the stories of people in the various stages of their refugee journey as they seek safety, as well as the stories of those who help empower them to reach it, we can help break down the barriers of misconception and misunderstanding. We can show that despite our differing ethnicities, cultures, traditions, religions, languages, we all share the same basic needs and concerns.

Let's help communities grow

Our original fears will transform into mutual understanding and respect. Newcomers to our communities will find it easier to make friends, get jobs, put their children through education. Our local communities and societies as a whole will benefit, socially and economically.

We all share the same world. We all share the same story. Their story is our story.

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$1000

Help us produce a short film about a refugee

With this donation, you can help TSOS use the most powerful medium for sharing stories. You will enable our volunteer videographers to capture inspiring and sobering refugee experiences, and produce a short awareness-raising film.

$500

Help us photograph the reunion of a separated family

Violent conflict splits up families, sometimes for years. Your donation will enable our volunteers to share the powerful story of a family’s journey to reunion. These positive stories are a vital part of the refugee narrative, and serve as reminders of the priceless value of not only being safe, but of being safe with our families.

$300

Help us rent camera equipment to document a story

We are an organization led entirely by committed volunteers. However, often we are unable to document a refugee’s story, because we do not have sufficient equipment. Your donation will enable us to record a refugee’s story on film so that we can reach a wider audience and show more people the person behind the term “refugee”.

$200

Help a refugee in South Asia or Europe to share their story

Refugees are often dehumanized and stereotyped. Your donation will help our volunteers to meet with refugees in key journey points and destinations, such as Bangladesh and Italy, and invite them to share their background and experiences. You will help share the story behind the individual.

$100

Help TSOS host a refugee awareness presentation

We host awareness-raising events, using music and visual art to shape international dialogue about refugees. Your donation will help to show and celebrate refugees’ contribution to the community. You will help refugees to share their stories in a way that is both intimate and impactful.

$50

Help a refugee in the U.S. to share their story

Refugees are often depicted as “The Other” in the media. Your donation will help our volunteers to meet with refugees in the U.S. and invite them to share their background and experiences. You will help share the story behind the individual.